Nick Heise, 17, of Maple Grove Boy Scout Troop 531 has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouts. He received the award at a Court of Honor Saturday, Feb. 2, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Maple Grove. Less than five percent of all Boy Scouts achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.
He began his scouting career as a Tiger Cub in the fall of 2001 in Scottsdale, Ariz. He joined Pack 532 in Maple Grove in 2002. There he earned the Arrow of Light award, the highest award in Cub Scouts, in April 2006 and then joined Boy Scout Troop 531 sponsored by Lord of Life Lutheran Church.
Nick is an experienced camper, having enjoyed many hiking and camping outings in several locations around the world. He has attended Many Point, Tomahawk, and Medicine Mountain summer camps.
In 2010, Nick attended the National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., and in 2011 went to the World Scout Jamboree in Sweden. He attended two BSA High Adventure Bases, backpacking at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico and scuba diving at Sea Base in the Florida Keys.
He earned 36 merit badges during his seven years as a Boy Scout. He has held seven leadership positions in his troop, including Senior Patrol Leader. For three years he has been a staff member at the Boy Scout National Youth Leadership Training program called Grey Wolf. For his Eagle Scout service project, Nick planned and constructed a brick patio and fire pit at his high school.
Nick is a senior at Providence Academy in Plymouth. He is president the National Honor Society, captain of the Math League and played on the varsity soccer team. He plans to attend college next year majoring in engineering. He is the son of Steve and Rita Heise.